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DVD special features are not widely commented on in the media since DVD releases are not much of a breaking or interesting story. Nor are the commentaries automatically included, far less so nowadays with movie streaming popularity. To that end, it often seems like a bit of a gift to the viewer who enjoyed the film or simply wanted to know more about how it was made. Sadly, those that do exist tend to fall into two categories. Either they are dry and dull with huge gaps between comments or, those where too many of the cast gets together, open some beers and proceed to giggle, talk over each other, and continuously fall behind the pace of the film. Neither option is particularly enjoyable. But a rare few are the gems that are the “Fight Club” DVD commentary, narrated primarily by leads Brad Pitt and Edward Norton along with director David Fincher, with the addition of a few bits (recorded separately) by Helena Bonham Carter.
The two guys clearly get along and liked making the film together. The fact that they have something to say about every part and relish in reliving it is a testament to the quality of the film itself and their enjoyment in making it. Their charisma and chemistry doesn’t hurt either. The conversation is fluid and relaxed, like you ended up at the next table as they discuss the film over dinner. But the content that they cover is a wealth of information that any filmgoer would enjoy. How they were approached to take on the part and their first impressions of the book and script. They discuss their fellow actors, pointing out the irony of putting Meatloaf, who had recently worked so hard to lose weight, in a fat suit. And Jared Leto, one of the better looking actors, spending a bulk of the film with his face beaten beyond recognition.
They discuss their favourite scenes to film and things that made it difficult. What takes had to be done only once (a scene with explosives), and which one was done umpteen times. Pieces of wardrobe they found hilariously misplaced (dish washing glove worn during a sex scene), and those they thought juxtaposed the character perfectly (a pink fluffy robe on Brad’s absurdly toned body). They point out easy to miss moments, such as frames of Brad’s character intercut nearly imperceptibly into key moments of the film and lesser known actors, such as the lead singer of the band Live in a cameo. Even intentional props, such as a magazine cover of Drew Barrymore as a nod to Edward’s friend. If you enjoyed the film, this will unreservedly enrich your experience.
Additional features are a little more technical, but equally captivating. How do you film a scene where the top half of a plane cracks open mid-flight? They show you. The features are as entertaining as the film itself (check out the mock PSA’s, you’ll be hooked). Edward Norton remarked how fans of the film will often address him in public with a nod and a punctuated “sir” and so to that I say, thank you, sir.